I'm a long-time investor who has transitioned from 2,000+ trades a year, to a longer-term portfolio management method. I have an eclectic portfolio, as do many of you. I blend EXTREME INCOME holdings, PLUS lower-yield dividend growth stocks in our retirement accounts (buffered by significant cash reserves).
Recently I added a third leg--the weekly sale of covered calls on volatile stocks, gathering large premiums each week as the options expire (or roll them over...OR let the shares get called and start fresh the next Monday.). I often carry short positions to buffer downturns.
(I want to offer a "hat tip" to two special investors who have influenced my methods: "WmHilger1" and "GGjr", both on this site. You want to learn about Extreme Income investing, or selling covered calls on aggressive stocks? Read their posts and comments and come away a better investor.)
I want my OVERALL portfolio to grow via reinvested income; I spend some and reinvest some.
I'm agnostic as to the source of the income (as long as it's reasonably sustainable).
Most of the time, I use leverage to boost returns in my taxable accounts. This has hurt at times; most of the time it has been a positive. I try to stay under 50% margin; I'll exceed that on occasion. Note my accounts are at IB, which has dirt cheap margin rates.
For Extreme Income, I like various Pimco CEF's; selected other CEF's; NLY; ORC; STON; VGR; OKE. Most of these are "lifetime holds", unless some severe adverse development occurs.
In my "Plus" (DGI) retirement accounts, KO, GIS, GILD, JNJ, HSY, GSK, CL and others. These have a ten-year hold, with all dividends reinvested. It's our "Private Pension" for my wife, who is younger than I am and has more accumulation time than I do.
For the final leg of my 3-legged investment stool, I sell covered calls
each week to speculators who want to gamble on short-term stock price
movements; I play the bank for them. Many of these options expire
worthless. Some of the stocks I use are ETE, ETP, EPD, QCOM, WMT, BX and
others. For lower risk call selling in my wife's leveraged account, I
use ETF's like XLK, XLP, XLI and others with weekly options. This income
generation method takes more work than the others; it's worth it if
Note neither the holdings nor methods are recommended for others. They work for me.
NOTE: the formatting of my Profile is totally screwed up. It's not me; SA seems to be having trouble with its new, "better" site. Apologies for their issues here.
Investor in dividend stocks with a promising future ;-)
ABT, ADM, BBZ, BDX, CSCO, D, DE, FLO, GE, GIS, GPC, HASI, HD, HRL, IBM, JCI, JNJ, KHC, KO, LMT, MSEX, MSFT, MMM, MO, OHI, PAYX, PEP, PFE, PG, SO, QCOM,T, TGT, THW, UN, WMT, WTR
Steven Jon Kaplan began TrueContrarian.com in August 1996 as a weekly blog and later expanded this to a daily newsletter with intraday updates in February 2006. Steve provides financial consulting which emphasizes long-term tax and investment planning. He has been trading his own account, and those of family and close friends, since 1981, and handles separately managed accounts for qualified clients. As a registered investment advisor, Steve charges a 20% performance fee on net profits and zero management fees. He has been quoted in Barron's, Market Watch, Dow Jones Newswires, Seeking Alpha, and Kitco. Steve has appeared on Market Watch cable TV with Stacey Delo and was interviewed by Alisa Parenti on Bloomberg. Since 2010, Danielle Kerani Oberdier has served as Steve's business associate.
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MACRO ECONOMIST with interest in P.M. & Miners. Wholeheartedly reject the inherently flawed & programmed to fail Fractional Reserve Banking System where $=Debt. I read Barrons' and IBD quotidian and am of the belief that b/c the FED has painted itself into a corner via nearly 7 years of ZIRP and ENDLESS QE, thus the Equities market is on the brink of collapse as banks have no incentive to lend (see $2.7Tn in EXCESS Reserves, which the FED pays interest to banks on over and above their required 10% ratios) and they will NEVER raise rates unless they intend to purposefully blow up the system. The Chapwood Institutes CPI measure, which is a REAL barometer of inflation that employs 500 of the most commonly bought items, concluded after a 5 year study from 2010 thru June of this year that REAL Inflation is at 9.9% YEAR OVER YEAR! They also found that since 2010, we've experienced YoY Depressions of 5%, which have culminated with a 22% Depression over the last 5 years! Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are out the window! REAL Wages are down significantly since 2007, and there has been NO GROWTH in REVENUES since 2010. In fact, when I plotted REVENUE GROWTH for S&P from 2010-2015, it's actually negative. I then removed Auto Sales from the 5 year period and the graph looks like a 90degree angle, like Y= -X!!! This is because another asset bubble in Autos in brewing via NINJA loans circa 2006 whereby buyers can amortize the cost of a new $25,000 car for 8.5 years with 22.5% interest rates for $500 down and these securitized BLOCKS of car loans are now selling well, despite the fact that 35% of them are ABSOLUTELY GOING TO DEFAULT as nobody is going to pay $150K over 9 years to buy a $25K car! BTW, the marrow of our GNP, consumer spending, is manifestly not happening as Inventory levels of retail items currently sits at $136.7Bn and one of my favorite indicators, the Baltic Dry Index, which measures trade between countries, is frighteningly low, presaging a massive contraction of credit, which is destroying the veracity of all FIATS. China has an endgame scenario, and thanks to the 1,000 metric tons per month they got back via massive re-hypothecation AKA STEALING of others allocated Gold, they and Russia both have over 30,000 mTons, while we won't allow an audit of Ft Knox b/c it's simple. We have no gold and more importantly, we have no silver stockpiles! With the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII, I think we have a solid bottom under Au and Ag, and I expect Ag to outperform Au 5-6:1 over the next 5 years, which is not to say I don't think gold will be massively revalued to the upside as it is the speciously strong USD on the (DXY) which has caused oil, gold, silver, and platinoid metals to get annihilated further over the past 15 months. I strongly suggest buying Gold Mining Banks like First Mining Finance (FFGMF) or Brazil Resources (BRIZF) as they are buying 'in situ' gold for $7-$15/oz, depending on the grade of ore, and First Mining has a dream team of Managers including Eric Sprott, Rick Rule, Keith Neumeyer, Marin Katusa, and Doug Casey and buyers of this 32M share GOLD Bank include George Soros, Carl Icahn, Stanley Druckenmiller and Ray Dalio, and more Billionaires are pouring in, realizing the potential of First Mining Finance, which already has 21 mines and plans to get to ownership of over 40 in the next 6 weeks while prices remain risible! Brazil Resources is headed by CEO Amir Adnani, who Rick Rule absolutely loves and who has bought 9 PHENOMENAL Gold Mines in Brazil, all adjacent to roads, water and electricity, and most of which have superb metallurgy (g/t), PLUS Amir threw a freeby in the mix and added one of his most coveted Uranium assets, located in the Athabasca Basin of Canada, juxtapose one of Cameco's largest Uranium mines in for kicks. Rule owns 20% of BRIZF and he is also CEO of UEC-Uranium Energy Corp. Uranium prices, like Au and Ag prices MUST RISE to meet oncoming demand. There are currently 82 Nuclear Facilities being built on the planet, and with spot Uranium prices at $38 and break even point at $75, Fission Uranium (FCUUF), Uranerz (URZ), and (UEC) are smart very cheap plays, while Cameco (CCJ) is the Guerilla of Uranium investments. Currently, I like the VIX, a healthy mix of Majors like Goldcorp and Newmont, Mid-Majors like Alamos Gold, Kirkland Gold, Fresnillo Plc, Tahoe Resources, Silver Wheaton, First Majestic, Pan American Silver, Guyanna Goldfields, Klondex Mines, Semafo, Richland Gold, Alacer Gold, Pretium Resources, Seabridge Gold, etc. I know of about 40 others that are currently $2.50 and under, just ask b/c with just $..87, I can show you a miner that is one of my LT favorites which has massive FCF and trades at just 5.1X FCF!
Novice investor just getting started like the idea of owning gold but find silver more affordable and a better use for bartering. Looking to move 457 contributions to a investment vehicle that will keep up with hyper-inflation. Not sure of timetables but feel the sooner the better. Looking for ways to keep uncle sugar from taxing our hard earned cash that has taken over 30 years to accumulate. Need some help in determining which way is best? thanks